On the Trail of a New Small Trailer!

On the Trail of a New Small Trailer!


some people wonder why went to Mexico to
the chaos and the noise well it’s easy it was just to prepare me for something
even more scary an RV show!!! late winter in Canada is the time when most people yearn for spring so they brave the crowds for a peek at what’s new and
recreational vehicles it’s not for the faint of heart especially if you’re not
crazy about concrete bright lights and country music but it does give me a
chance to see some of the trailers my viewers have suggested as I looked for a
new camper now I got to admit I’m a little biased I I know what I want and
so you could kind of call me like a RV snob I’m a minimalist I don’t like
glamping you know I’m looking for a particular type of trailer so when I go
to places like this yeah there’s some things I just won’t look at it’s just
not my interest I know what I’m looking for and I think if you’ve watched my past videos you have a good ideas what I look
for to be one with nature I like little trailers that actually go into
wilderness not planning on being camped in a casino parking lot so yeah braving
the gauntlet of metal and fiberglass towers I finally spotted something a
little closer to my size and budget It was called a Bushwhacker plus by Braxton Creek of Indiana it’s the classic teardrop design but one
with enough height to stand up in there was even a Mickey Mouse version but what really counts is what’s inside now this is comfortable it’s small its
simple its basic you’ve got benches and you’ve got a table that comes
down they collapse into a bed you’ve got lights you’ve got
refrigerator radio, air conditioner not something I’d need but some people need
an air conditioner but look over here you have a toilet and a shower you don’t
have to shower outside that is a real bonus an indoor shower is pretty well on
essential for a four-season traveler one thing that’s really important with small compact campers like this is the use of space everything has to be multifunctional and what I really like is this kitchen area
because with the stove lid down you’ve actually got this full counter area you
can work with and you can actually use it as a cutting board but when it comes
up you’ve got a two burner stove that’s what makes it multifunction also
essential is storage space and the kitchen add has two cabinets below and a
little space up top it’s very basic and it’s compact but to me it works weighing
in at around 1,900 pounds 15 1/2′ long and around $12,500 USD. it’s a
good choice for those that don’t need much space to camp now one trailer that was mentioned by several people is the R-pod by Forest River at around 2500
pounds dry weight and 18 1/2′ long it was too big for my tow vehicle but no harm in checking it out its features it was certainly roomier than the smaller teardrops and featured bunk beds a shower with toilet
and sink a big three-way fridge microwave and a comfortable sitting area
the kitchen had a recessed two burner stove and sink with plenty of drawer
space underneath there’s also a cabinet above the kitchenette for more storage I
believe the one I saw was a 2019 version for only nineteen thousand Canadian or
fourteen thousand US one little camper that really seemed unique was the Cricket by Taxa at 1,800 pounds and only 15 feet long it’s also very low profile
when being towed as the roof pops up for the increased Headroom when camping it
certainly fit the bill for being compact and lightweight the inside was pretty
utilitarian however looking more like a portable MASH unit than a family trailer
I suspect the fabric sides would lose heat in frigid temperatures so it’s
probably better for summer use designed by a NASA engineer the sticker price was out of this world in my opinion even at the RV show special price of forty one
thousand nine hundred Canadian this is certainly beyond my reach however I do
appreciate quality to teardrops I was already familiar with our the [email protected] and the [email protected] by nucamp. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the [email protected] up close and
personal several times at camp and was quite impressed and it was artist
Georgia Mann who introduced me to the [email protected] a couple of years ago the indoor lights
do not flatter these fine trailers but they really show their true colors
outdoors this is the [email protected] Boondock Edge 320s a meticulously well designed trailer that lives up to nucamp’s solid reputation they prefer to call this a clamshell design with aluminum wrap and bonded fiberglass exterior it makes it
incredibly well insulated and weather resistant and also wind resistant when
traveling the interior is smartly arranged and
spacious a convertible lounge and table area is also a large bed with storage
space overhead the indoor shower and toilet has a frosted door to make it
feel less cramped the kitchen area has a large sink two burner stove fridge and
plenty of storage space plus a big front window that actually opens up but don’t
let me forget the heating advantage of the [email protected] with its Alde hydronic system
it actually heats up the floor Weighing in at just under 1,800 pounds dry weight it’s just over 15 feet long is it pricey? Yes! retailing over 31 thousand US
dollars but a trailer that’s as well-built as this one is will last a
long time and will be a good investment also from new camp are the mini line of
[email protected] trailers this is the [email protected] Edge XL model which retails around twenty-two
thousand US dollars compact and lightweight but a little too small for
my purposes but please check out my video ” The Desert in the Artist” for a
better perspective on this popular mini camper if you’re looking for a low
budget alternative to the tag perhaps this Bear Paw may be worth checking out
it’s a rear kitchen style mini teardrop made by Braxton Creek and Indiana inside has a cozy sleeping area heated
with a 12,000 BTU furnace there’s also a front-and-rear overhead storage and an
air conditioner I’m not sure what the US retail price is but this one had a show
price of only $13,000 Canadian which is about $9800 US dollars there were
other crouch down style teardrops in the show but the prices were higher and I
didn’t see any advantages over the two that I’d already mentioned but it
doesn’t stop me for looking around and seeing what the rest of the likes is
everybody has their own tastes like this NOBO short for No Boundaries with a tent on top to sleep in it was really a toy hauler disguised as a trailer also of little appeal to me was this toy hauler named a Flyer Pursue the slide-out stove and fridge meant you could only use the kitchen outdoors
making it a challenge for rain cold and wind the inside was only 3 feet 9 inches
high meaning it was really just for sleeping or simply storing an ATV or a
motorcycle sorry Intech not practical for me when I visited the nucamp
trailers there is something of interest on the opposite side it was the
Airstream section. This is the rear end entrance of the Base Camp 16x. much more than a toy hauler this had a full interior height of 6 foot 4 inches and a
length of just over 16 feet a little too glampy for my style but the
design was actually quite practical lots of lounging or sleeping room an
adequate shower plus a kitchen made for either a cook or an airline pilot no
need to ask the price I think you already know it’s in the luxury category
of small trailers this Sol seemed to cater more to the Star Wars fan than a nature lover and has my vote for the trailer that’ll never likely see a
gravel back road! these are for show all you can do and all you can assess on is by talking to the salesman walking around in it I’m getting the feeling but
you have no idea what its gonna be like to camp in and that’s the challenge
going into big shows like this but for ideas it’s the perfect place to go it’s
warm you see a variety of things and you might even get ideas you’ve never even
thought of. being inspired is a good thing but finding out how well a trailer performs can only be done by heading outdoors I think you already know my
appreciation of the a-frame style trailer it’s one I’ve had a lot of
experience with and has a large following of outdoor enthusiasts I see a
lot of them in my travels like this Flagstaff Classic in Colorado. This is how a trailer should be a assessed: where it is being used. no salesmen here just a couple of happy campers getting ready to enjoy a peaceful forest sleep out back at the show however there is only
one a-frame, a Rockwood Premiere A122S now this was a camper! it feels it
belongs in the woods like a tent but with the benefits of a hard insulated
interior and a compact fold down design do I really have to sell you on this
concept? the show price was around $20,000 Cdn but you can typically find it in the US for around $13 grand but it was time for me to leave the thumping drone of pop country and check out other alternatives outside the show halls so this is kind of the exact opposite way I’m gonna find out of the trailer it’s
with a lot of people and loud noise and something that’s totally away from the
natural areas. I’d like to try a trailer out in the forest not in a big arena and
that’s one of the challenges you get when you’re looking for an RV you have
to come to these it’s the only way you’re going to see what’s out there but
it’s kind of limited as to what you’re really going to find. You can gett some ideas but the best way is not to talk to salesmen
it’s to talk to people that have actually camped with some of these trailers. RV shows are a great starting point for finding the right trailer to suit each
person’s camping needs but for me the best inspiration was the outdoors those
campgrounds and wilderness areas I love to travel in that’s where the real
campers are and they’re usually more than happy to share their joys of their
favorite trailer with you I know a lot of people want to know what
my new trailer is and I’ve really made you wait but I want to make sure
everybody understood why I chose the new trailer in the first place but I guess that’ll be the next video I hope you enjoyed this and check out my other travels as well!

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100 Comments

  1. I like the Boondock edge 320S you showed. I see solar on the front and it looks like it would work well for you. Shows are loud and a bit annoying. We went to Hershey Pa and Tampa Fl this year. Found what we want and will hopefully purchase soon. Good luck in your purchase. ??

  2. I was surprised that you didn't get a cargo trailer with the off road wheel and axle package with wall and roof insulation, fitted windows, rv style door, roof vent/fan and lighting installed and kit out the interior yourself.

    Many cargo trailer manufacturers now offer their trailers with virtually everything necessary for winter use except furniture.

    There's a huge growth in cargo trailer conversions because they're so well constructed and even the all aluminium versions are relatively inexpensive.

  3. I Build my own Campers. I've done 5 so far & sold ever one of them. I may do a 6th at some point. Happy Camping:)

  4. Slim check out Hipcamp which is the airBnB of camping. It opens up thousands of new very affordable places to camp. I used it once when tent camping from Texas up to Wisconsin. Very good prices and many have electric hookups.

  5. If you are interested in a Scamp 16' has almost every thing accept awning, but i will throw in a clam 660. It has a factory hitch receiver. It is a 2014 with less then 5000 miles on it. Never used the fridge on gas,just elec. and 12 volt while traveling. never used the HWH. only ever turned on the factory installed heater once. Sty #6 you can leave bed set up and still sit at the side dinette. full front bath. We just do not get out as much as i wanted to, shame that it just sits, got out twice in two years at local campgrounds in Pa. Still did not advertise it for sale yet. Don't mean to jump on ya, but perhaps i can help with your search. You can contact me here. Carl

  6. My money has been on the [email protected] 320 Boondock since you first started taking about getting a new camper. Not inexpensive, but very well built and good value for money in the long term. We bought a [email protected] 400 last summer and I can attest to the design, build quality, and customer service. If you go NuCamp, you will not be disappointed. Can’t wait to see what you picked!

  7. Can't wait to see what Slim bought. I might be in the market for a small RV myself, but until then I bought a Haulmark toy hauler and fitted it out as a camper. It is 7X14 with a camper style locking side door along with the rear ramp fold down door. It is insulated with 13.5 K RV rooftop AC and heat. I fitted it out with a countertop in front with a sink and 5 gal of fresh and gray water on a 12v pump. It has a small under counter fridge and a 12' awning. No bathroom but in a pinch I have a porta potty. I installed a 12 volt system with battery charger. I also installed a 120v/12v tv with a cable inlet that I can use with an antenna or cable tv. It weight in at about 3500 lbs +/- dry and I can haul another 3500 lbs if necessary. It has dual torsion axles with electric brakes on all four drums which came in handy when I was in the mountains last year, but a very low ground clearance. I also wired it for 120 volts with a regular RV power inlet. I'm an electrician so it was all done right. I installed tons of cabinet space which is real nice. I took it to Sturgis last year and it was great, but after Sturgis I went out to Yellowstone, and the Tetons. To be honest after Sturgis I would rather have not had the motorcycle with me as it took up all my living space. It was also 1000 lbs heavier with the bike. I'm looking forward to my next trip without the bike. Having a bathroom would be nice though so I will probably get a small RV in the future. Until then this setup works really great…

  8. 1. Those small airstreams are nice. The Sol is nice, but not for taking a beating.
    2. DId you see a casita or that other one that is a fiberglass pod?

  9. Get your self a Sprinter van. Fix it up the way you want it. No trailer. That's what I'm thinking of. Pro's seem to out number the con's especially if you stay on the move.

  10. Watched every video on your channel. Job well done sir!
    Looks like the new trailer is the Escape, made in Canada too?
    Happy Camping, and looking forward to more video.

  11. Definitely our Slim is a YT icon, "the Aliner guy"! But ya got to go where the mood takes you.

    I've noticed it more with camping and RV Vehicles than anything else… People always want to tell you why you should be in something different lol. I was asking my colleague about *tanks* in a van, and she was not engaging with my question at all, but rather strictly explaining why I really need a huge "house on wheels" trailer!

  12. Congratulations on the new trailer! Former co-worker searched long and hard for a used fiberglass camper. Him and his family really enjoy their Scamp. Not sure from the parting shot what brand yours is but from what I hear they're all built to last.

    Have you decided what you're going to do with the Aliner? A few years ago we had to "retire" the camper of my childhood. Been sitting in my parent's driveway for years and was no longer road worthy. It was hard to say goodbye. Sure it will be the same for you.

  13. Ah, I do love my Aliner…presently at the beach in Galveston. If I were to replace it, it would be very hard to find a better design.

  14. Slim Potatohead, congratulations on the outback travel camper. Though I will miss Abner. Was hoping that you were sticking with Aliner.

  15. I think the best RV would be to take a smaller pickup, remove the bed, buy something like a small Casita, throw away the frame and bolt the Casita where the bed was

  16. I haven't had a chance to see the video yet, and it sounds like you've already picked a trailer. I was curious if you had looked into the Armadillo made in BC? Similar to a modern Boler / Trillium?

    A tab 400 is my dream trailer, but in Canada the costs are too high for me and and I haven't found any used. They go for around 45,000 in the Vancouver area, the Armadillo is around 35,000 new.

  17. Thanks for highlighting the A122 Rockwood. Been eye-ballin' it for a while now. Unfortunately HOA is a challenge. But someday…soon! Thanks for the tour. Well done, sir.

  18. That was a lot of noise at the RD show. I think about attending one to s see what is new and also to check out the newest gadgets. Are they always that loud? I would probably need to wear noise blocking headphones.

    I'm not psychic, but I have a feeling that you have already made a choice and even made a purchase. If so, congratulations! If it comes up again, and I hope it doesn't if you did pull the trigger, maybe you might check out Outdoorsy or a similar business where owners rent out their RVs, trailers and campers when they aren't using them. While they may not have what you would like to try, especially if it is something rare or really new, they have a variety of stuff. I haven't used them as finding one that really is wheelchair accessible is almost impossible. But I look. While I cannot imagine that they are the only place out there, I haven't found another. Yet.

    I can't wait to get a tour of your New rig and hear what you think of it! Until your next video, have fun out there and do take care.

  19. Trillium outback built in Calgary Alberta. Very close to pulling the trigger but the price went up a coup,e grand over the past year.

  20. That sure was anti-climactic, Slim. Spill the beans! Never could tolerate those indoor RV, boat shows in colder climates…Still, you did a good job just getting through it and with few distractions so we wouldn't (or you wouldn't) bail!!

  21. A slightly OT question for Slim and the others: I've always wanted a Jeep, but a friend of mine who knows more about cars than I do keeps warning me away from them. No truly good reason elaborated upon. People I know who have them seem to love them. I wouldn't necessarily be getting it as a tow vehicle, more of a vehicle to live out on my travels. Any thoughts on pros and cons?

  22. What?? I get distracted for a few monthes and you're ditching the A frame? My reality is shaken. I might need therapy.
    Look forward to your review of the new rig. Congrats.

  23. And here I was betting on you in another A-frame. But looks like you got a nice used Scamp (or similar). I bought my 2013 Aliner Ranger 12 Off-Road, in part, on your experiences. But then, I can see where the Scamp works for you well, where it would not for me.
    I'm a big guy, 6'3" and 240lb. I don't fit in small RV showers/bathrooms and the inability to stand, at least in a small area, would drive me nuts.
    I don't cold weather camp. A big reason for my camping is to escape cold-ass weather, but the nearly hermetically sealed Scamp should work great for you, Slim.
    Like the Aliner, the weight is workable to tow with a mid-size vehicle and has a decent profile for wind resistance in towing.
    The Scamp has minimal moving parts which should hold up for lots of long miles and assuming it has a good axle, rough roads.
    Good on’ya. I look forward to your future adventures.

  24. Slim 73 people are mad you are not in your A-liner

    I’m not one of them.
    If ever in the Kansas City Missouri area. You can camp on my place. We have a small farm . You can watch the ISS going overhead on clear nights .

  25. Good luck with your new trailer camper, Slim. I look forward to your new adventures and the modifications that you will do to it to make it truly your own. Thanks for all your time and effort that you put into what you do. You have given me many ideas for my retirement.

  26. Hey Slim, you are really keeping us in suspenders. I hope you didn't spend a trilliom dollars to camp in the outback!

  27. Why not a MB Sprinter or Ford Transit? Although it appears the deed is done and you have your new trailer, a van would seem most practical for you. But we all have our biases. I am biased against towables, I have a truck camper.

  28. Follow up on my Sprinter/Transit comment. I'm not talking about a $150'000 Pleasure way but rather a used bare box. What a project that would be for an avid tinkerer like you.

  29. The first couple of minutes of views of people’s butts was a far cry from your usual beautiful footage of your walks in the woods ;-). Thanks for another well-done and informative video.

  30. Yay!!! I think you're the perfect person to join the FGRV community. Can't wait to see your travels in it and how you approach modifications!! CONGRATS and ENJOY!!!!!!

  31. Hey Slim! I love the Aliner..BUT..I love it for all the fun innovative things that you did to it! I can’t wait to see your new camper and sharing your fun adventures!!

  32. Great Choice….Fiberglass trailer. Looks like a Casita or Escape. Almost zero leaks and keeps all those tiny varmints (mice) out. Can't wait for the Tour

  33. These city vlogs really take me out of my comfort zone , the noise, crowds of people and chaos make me want to run for the hills. Im so glad you took us there as a reminder of why i wont go , and im also really happy you found a new adventure home , like your thousands of followers i can't wait for the tour to begin and hear your grounded practical explanation as to why you chose your particular model .
    see you on the next one Slim !

  34. Slim what ever trailer you bou buy buy a used one first the first buyer already took the hit on the depreciation value the day it was driven off of the dealers lot , all the bugs have been fixed , buy an Oxygenics shower head to save water while showering & it increases the water pressure for a better shower . Slim I suggest first rent for a while & tryout what ever model you think you might want to buy .

  35. If you want to camp in the winter, Oliver trailers are four season. All of the plumbing, water tanks, grey and black water are on the INSIDE and between the two fiberglass hulls so they will not freeze. You can find out more about fiberglass trailers on the forum "fiberglass trailer.com". Good luck!

  36. We've owned 11 different campers which include 5 truck campers now. Our third member of this family back in 2013 was a [email protected] built by what was then Little Guy before NuCamp was formed. While the woodwork quality was awesome, it soon became obvious to us that the word "quality control" did not exist in their corporate culture. Things were wired backwards so that systems didn't work (furnace for example). The collapsing dinette table was installed on the frame backwards which meant you couldn't collapse it. The hole cut out for the stereo was cut so large that only 1 of the four mounting screws actually made contact with wood. The other three simply hung in the air behind the mounting plate. The fiberglass shroud on the front disintegrated in the first 6 months (I see they finally went to aluminum). The TV was mounted about 20 inches above the stove ! But more concerning (and something you should consider with ALL the small units that weigh between 1800 and 2000 lbs) is that the rig rode on a 2000 lb max rated axle. They typically weigh more than the advertised weight and when loaded often exceed that axle load rating. There were many cases of bending axles which showed immediate uneven tire wear. The cheap Chinese tires load rating combined was 2020 lbs. Everything about the unit was built to the absolute bare minimum to save money. Hopefully they've learned some lessons along the way. I would highly recommend that you check and pay attention to the axle ratings of units you are considering.

  37. The Little Guy series of Tear Drops is pretty good too. Didnt see them at your show. A bit pricey, but very good trailers.

  38. Wait a second. Did I just see you pulling a new (to you) trailer at the end ? I guess we'll have to tune in next time and find out .

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